- Associated Press - Saturday, October 11, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard is cautioning boaters about the hazards of falling water temperatures in Lake Michigan.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Max Moser said Friday that mariners should dress for water temperature rather than air temperature.

The National Weather Service says the water temperature in Lake Michigan has dropped to near 53 degrees. The average air temperatures remain near 60.

Boaters can find updated water temperatures on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Forecast System.

Coast Guard crew members are preparing for colder temperatures by transitioning from summer life jackets to insulated coveralls and dry suits.

A life jacket allows the person to assume the “heat escape lessening position.” That means bringing knees close to the chest and holding them in place by wrapping the arms around the shins.

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